City holds Community Development Week Kick Off Event

Officials with the City of El Paso and dignitaries are inviting the public out for the kick-off event for Community Development Week.

The Department of Community and Human Development (DCHD) and District 1, City Representative Peter Svarzbein invites the public to kick-off of National Community Development (CD) Week, by attending a rededication and neighborhood block party at Borderland Park.

This event will highlight the Borderland Park improvements made possible with over $328,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding.

The upgrades to the park allows for ADA accessibility, more sitting areas, solar compacting trash receptacle, installation of pet waste bag dispensers, bike rack, trees, metal shelter with lights to cover the playground, swing sets with rock wall enclosure, engineered wood fiber fall surface, resurfacing of basketball court, modification of irrigation stem and more.

“Communities use CDBG to respond to current and emerging community development needs, including the creation of jobs, development of affordable housing, improvement of existing house stock, the delivery of vital services, and the development of essential infrastructure improvements,” city officials shared via an emailed release.  “Both of these programs have been successful because of the support of partner agencies, community volunteers, neighborhood associations and private sector partners.”

During the celebration, guests will enjoy free food, beverages and entertainment. The event is free and open to the public.

Since 1975, the City of El Paso has provided over $85 million in HOME Program funding to create safe, affordable housing opportunities and over $384 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to provide essential public services, economic opportunities, street and drainage improvements, public facility and infrastructure improvements and other quality of life improvements to low- and moderate-income neighborhoods.

WHO:           City of El Paso Community+ Human Development

WHAT:         Borderland Park Rededication + Neighborhood Block Party

WHEN:         4 p.m. to 6 p.m., April 22

WHERE:       Borderland Park, 6327 Modesta St.